Earlier today news broke that the San Antonio Spurs signed Tracy McGrady for the remainder of the season. McGrady whom is a seven time NBA All-Star is no stranger to the post season. Though, he has played in the post season, his mark on it, well, is not one to talk about. The reputation that McGrady has in the playoffs is that he could not make his way out of the first round.
For him, he knows his chances of getting out of the first round of the NBA playoffs are pretty high being that the San Antonio Spurs should, barring serious injuries, make it back to the Western Conference Finals and possibly the NBA Finals.
As Spurs fans remember, McGrady did work out for the San Antonio Spurs a summer ago. He has over 900+ career games and was known as a prolific scorer when he came into the league. With him getting older, his explosiveness and quickness did take a hit. He continued his game and made his way overseas to play in China. While playing in the Chinese basketball league, he averaged 25 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
On his way back to the NBA, his primary job will not be the scorer that he was in China, I will be looking for him to provide a good mix of rebounding, ball movement (great passer), just overall being the playmaker that he is. He will be backing-up Kawhi Leonard who surely will be getting 40+ minutes a game come playoff time.
I quickly reached out to the Air Alamo staff writers and wanted to get their take on the signing.
John Diaz (@JohnxDiaz)
Let me just state, I absolutely hate Tracy McGrady. Until now.
After cutting Stephen Jackson, I had no expectations for anything. And I’m not changing that. McGrady played great in China (keywords: in China), but averaging 25 points, 7 boards and 5 assists is impressive regardless of the league. Sure he’s an injury concern, but with his injury history and age, the fact that he was still playing nearly 32 minutes a game in China is amazing.
McGrady played plenty of PG when he was in Atlanta and Detroit, and his size makes him versatile enough to play SG and SF off the bench. He can score with the best of them and did average 45% from 3-point range in Atlanta last year, on limited attempts. To put it in perspective, the Spurs cut a 35-year-old Stephen Jackson who was shooting a career worse 37% a game, and added a 33-year-old Tracy McGrady who is a career 44% shooter.
Again, I don’t expect anything from T-Mac, but I won’t be shocked if and when McGrady busts out for a 20-point game in the playoffs. Let’s just pray he gets out of the 1st round in a silver and black uniform.
Eric Bishop (@Ericb1980)
Fantastic signing. Adds depth, and size. Can still score, rebounds very well for his size, also is a fantastic passer. Think a thinner more athletic Boris Diaw. Mcgrady still has hops. This is very akin to signing Glenn Robinson in 2005, and that ended up being a huge move to help win the championship. I think Mcgrady will pay immediate dividends
You have heard from us. Now what do you, the fans think about this signing?